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Francesca  Di Meglio

Compromise, Compromise

By December 19, 2012

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Felt Tree - Francesca Di MeglioThis felt Christmas tree represents my latest compromise. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Marriages are built on compromise. If you are not willing to budge ever, you will have hard time making a happy marriage. The felt tree above represents my latest compromise. I wanted to decorate every inch of the house this year because my compromise next year will probably mean spending Christmas with the in-laws in their home in Italy. But my husband and I were concerned about our one-year-old son's safety. As soon as I started decorating, my husband and I began arguing about what we could keep up and what would be dangerous. We eventually decided the tree would be dangerous, along with the heavy, metal stocking holders (that my little boy nearly dropped on his head as he pulled on the stockings), and just about everything else. In fact, the majority of my ornaments and decor are still in their boxes in the basement. My son's safety comes first for both of us.

Still, I was pretty bummed out. The felt tree in the photo above was a compromise. I still have a tree, even if it's an unconventional one. And I made the entire thing myself. The decorations have velcro on the back, so that my son can move them all day long. The best part? Every time, our boy "hangs" one of the decorations on his very own tree, he gives himself a round of applause and puts on a smile as wide as Texas. That's probably the best gift I could receive. See, compromising isn't always so bad. If only Congress would learn how, we'd all have a merrier holiday.

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December 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm
(1) phylameana says:

The felt tree is cute, but I’d rather see that Texas size smile on your son. That would be special to see. Happy holidays to you and yours Francesca.

December 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(2) Regina says:

Some times compromise works out better than you expect
who would have thought a felt tree would be so much fun for a
one year old

December 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(3) Nancy says:

Looks like you’ve started a new family tradition. 20 years from now, you’ll still be putting up this darling felt tree!

We solved the knock-over-the-tree problem by using an elaborate system of bungee cords to anchor our 4-foot tree to a corner table. Cats, toddlers and guests have so far been unable to topple this tree!

December 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm
(4) NSGill says:

I loved the smell of the tree when I was a child, but we could never find one that released the fragrance, so I gave up on my insistence on a real tree and threw out the fake one I really couldn’t stand that I think DH bought as a compromise for me.

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